your attempting any such thing. In the first place, I never heard a suspicion of the Duke's taking presents, and should think he would rather be affronted : in the next place, my dear child, though you are fond of that coffee-pot, it would be thought nothing among such wardrobes as he has, of the finest-wrought plate : why, he has a set of gold plates that would make a figure on any sideboard in the Arabian Tales ; and as to Benvenuto Cellini, if the Duke could take it for his, people in England understand all work too well to be deceived. Lastly, as there has been no talk of alterations in the foreign ministers, and as all changes seem at an end, why should you be apprehensive ? As to Stone3, if anything was done, to be sure it should be to him; though I really can't advise even that. These are my sentiments sincerely: by no means think of the Duke. Adieu !
105. To HOEACE MANN.
Arlington Street, Jan. 13, 1743.
YOUR brother brought me two letters together this morning, and at the same time showed me yours to your father. Jesus! How should I be ashamed, were I he, to receive such a letter! so dutiful, so humble, and yet so expressive of the straits to which he has let you be reduced ! My dear child, ifc looks too much like the son of a minister, when I am no longer so ; but I can't help repeating to you offers
8 Andrew Stone, Secretary to the with, tlae Pelhams, and was an expert
Duke of Newcastle. Walpole.—Born political wire-puller. He was credited
1703; Tinder-Secretary of State, (by tlie WMgs) with Jacobite senti-
1734; M.P. for Hastings, 1741-01; ments, and -with the wish to imbue
Sub^Gtovernor to tho Prince of Wales the Prince of Wales with exalted
(afterwards George HI), 1761; ideas of the power of the royal
Treasurer to Queen. Charlotte, 1761; prerogative, d. 1773. Stone had great influence